SOMATOGRAPHIES


Somatographies is a Greek neologism given, by the Greek  art critic and historian Haris Savvopoulos, for the sculptures of Andreas M. Georgiou, in order to describe the procedure of impressing  his body into the plaster.  σώμα s.n [soma] : body, γραφή s.f [graphι] : writing.

Plaster/ dimensions variable/ 2010.

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An embrace is a gesture as special, as it is mundane.  It is, essentially, the placing of the arms and body so as to automatically create space. A more intricate or complicated gesture involving the upper body, whose purpose it is to include, to convey, to communicate, to show possession, to define space, time or quantity. At times purely static, while other times, abandoning its stillness by way of the movement of the bodies and curves discernible. At the same time, the intensity of energy present gives rise to a powerful, internal pulse - an energy initially trapped perhaps but gradually, seeking to escape, it is vented and released, transforming space and time into sense.

This distinctive dance of energy, essentially a glimpse of a moment, taken from the choreography between the interplay of human bodies, is what is presented by the works of Andreas M. Georgiou. However, beyond the obvious elements such as the definition of space and the participation of (parts of) the body for the creation of the works, there is an underlying need to display the exercise of influence, of effect.  This is how Andreas M. Georgiou creates: by making use of an energy which affects how his works are formed, how they function and how they fundamentally behave.


Nikos Mykoniatis

Art historian

Greece - November 2010

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